RAHUL DA CUNHA NEWS

  • Live and let live (with prejudice)

    Live and let live (with prejudice)

    For years, I’ve written in restaurants. People-watching helps me build characters. Fragments of dialogue helps my prose. My usual hangouts are spaces I frequented as a teenager

  • I am 83, going on 84

    I am 83, going on 84

    It wasn't Alzheimers. It wasn't Parkinsons. It was nothing debilitating or death enhancing. No sign of cancer, no clot in the brain, his cardiovascular situation was healthy

  • Have we just lost it? (And other rhetorical questions)

    Have we just lost it? (And other rhetorical questions)

    What a week it’s been. Full of violence, ambition, politics, deceit, land grabbing

  • And they wait

    And they wait

    He comes from Virar. He comes from Vashi. He comes from the distant suburbs to South Mumbai in a train — crushed, cramped, creases being added to his already lined forehead

  • The city that never speaks

    The city that never speaks

    Five yellow-and-black cabs refuse to stop, almost running me over

  • Lights, camera, auction!

    Lights, camera, auction!

    So our new union government moves into office, ready to pull mother Bharat back from the precipice.

  • Dear NaBro

    Dear NaBro

    Dear NaBro, Kem cho, sahib? First of all, congrats. No one expected such a landslide victory. Bhajapmanship truly at its most dominant

  • So, what's the meaning of Muthalik?

    So, what's the meaning of Muthalik?

    And so our newspapers, air waves and social media are just full of election news, who’s won from which constituency, how will the entire plan pan out, a whole bunch of characters clamouring for a position or post in the recent landslide victory.

  • Be an Axe-lover

    Be an Axe-lover

    I used to suffer from a severe lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.

  • I am the darkness

    I am the darkness

    I am the darkness, I am in the shadows

  • 18 till I die !

    18 till I die !

    Varun Khanna, aged 18, stood in the serpentine queue. His first adult franchise. Mumbai had turned out in decent numbers, he felt

  • R.I.P Knight In White Satin

    R.I.P Knight In White Satin

    Nandu Bhende passed away last week. I didn’t know him well. But his father, thespian Atmaram was a strong early influence.

  • Thumbs up to dumbed down?

    Thumbs up to dumbed down?

    I’m writing a book. Moron 1 asks me, “Accha who’s bought the movie rights? Karan Johar?

  • The rise and fall of the Empire

    The rise and fall of the Empire

    As a 13-year-old, I was blessed with the most vital aspect of early teenagehood — facial hair. The beginnings of a reasonable-sized moustache was the envy of all my schoolmates.

  • The Accused and the Almighty

    The Accused and the Almighty

    Mohammed Salim Ansari placed his taqiya on his head and carefully adjusted it in the broken mirror on the pista-coloured wall, overlooking the Dhobi Ghat.

  • Are we fast losing slow?

    Are we fast losing slow?

    There are two Bombays in my head. The old one that’s filled with memories, of a time expired. And a new Mumbai that, quite frankly, gives me a splitting headache.

  • Lok Sabha 14: The 'Goon Show'

    Lok Sabha 14: The 'Goon Show'

    And so the elections are on us and I feel like a child with the new Harry Potter book. Didi sides with Anna. Didi has a rally

  • The Oscars 2014 (My stolen stories, scripts, screenplays)

    The Oscars 2014 (My stolen stories, scripts, screenplays)

    Right, so for all of you who haven’t seen this year’s Academy awarded films — either the downloading is taking too long or the DVD’s not released yet — allow me to give a brief plotline of each of the significant movies.

  • 'We're the geekbusters!'

    'We're the geekbusters!'

    My four-year-old godson walks into my home, carrying two iPads

  • Stop the maara-maari, Mr Maria

    Stop the maara-maari, Mr Maria

    Dear Rakesh Bombay boy, Bandra lad, St Xavier’s College alumnus (we met once, when the college felicitated us both. Also, my mother taught you English Literature, hence the informality).